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COVID-19: Lok Sabha floor leaders likely to meet later in the day to discuss curtailment of session
The Lok Sabha has so far passed three Bills to replace agriculture sector related ordinances. Also, both the Houses have cleared an ordinance into law to cut by 30 per cent the salaries of members of Parliament to ramp up funds in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

BJP should give account of 15 years of rule in MP: Kamal Nath
Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath on Saturday said the BJP should give account of its 15-year-long rule in the state before asking about the performance of the previous Congress-led government that was in power for 15 months.

Farm bills undermine food security system: Congress
"Every political party has to take a stand - is it with the farmers or is it with the BJP threatening the livelihood of farmers," Chidambaram said.

Opposition attacks govt on several issues in Rajya Sabha: COVID-19, ordinances, migrants
Participating in a debate on The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020, they also charged the government with entering into the "league of three democracies" in the world that promote what they called 'ordinance raj'.

PMLA court allows Deepak Kochhar's request to be treated at a private hospital for Covid-19
A special Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) court here on Saturday allowed businessman Deepak Kochhar’s request to get treated at a private hospital in Delhi for Covid-19.

Sena questions Modi govt's policies, praises Vajpayee-era NDA
In an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', the Sena said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) during the time of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and senior BJP leader L K Advani was "different" as they used to "treat the NDA constituents with respect and consult with them".

Rajya Sabha passes bill to punish those attacking healthcare workers
The Rajya Sabha on Saturday passed a legislation that provides for up to five years in jail for those attacking doctors and healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak or during any situation akin to the current pandemic.

Downward trend in Delhi's COVID-19 positivity rate in last few days: Satyendar Jain
"The positivity rate was 6.76 per cent on Friday. It has remained below 7 percent in the last two-three days. Last week, it was around 8 per cent," he said.

Defence forces monitor PLA moves at 6 areas along LAC in Arunachal
Indian defence forces have raised the level of preparedness and alertness to monitor Chinese activities at all “six disputed areas” and “four sensitive areas” in the war theatre of 1962 in Arunachal Pradesh. Four of the disputed areas are in Asapila, Longzu, Bisa and Majha in Upper Subansiri district where the PLA has already built a road through Bisa from one point to another.

How border tension with China hit Indian startups
Rarely have two words in an obscure document like IPO prospectus raised as many eyebrows as the use of “significant influence” by Ant Group. A part of the Chinese Alibaba Group, Ant used the term to describe its 30% stake in the Noida-based One97 Communications, Paytm's parent company. Paytm said 'Significant influence’ is an accounting term and doesn't imply firm's nationality.

Live: Phase 3 trial of Oxford vaccine from next wk
India has overtaken the United States to register the highest number of Covid-19 recoveries in the world, informed Union health ministry today. The total recoveries in the country crossed 42 lakh. Stay with TOI for live updates

'Scribe was passing sensitive info to Chinese intel'
The Delhi Police on Saturday said arrested freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma was passing sensitive information about India's border strategy and Army deployment to Chinese intelligence. He was contacted by Chinese Intelligence agents in 2016. Sharma was also in contact with some Chinese intelligence officer, the police officer said.

'Parl session may be cut short as Covid cases rise'
Parliament session that began this week is likely to be cut short after 30 lawmakers were found infected with the coronavirus, two senior parliament officials said, as the number of cases rose to 5.3 million. The Parliament met for the first time in six months on Sept 14 and was to function until Oct 1, but the two officials said its duration could be reduced by a week.

Live: LS speaker calls for urgent meeting
Bill to reduce salaries, allowances of Members of Parliament, and ministers by 30 per cent were passed unanimously in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. Stay here for all live updates

NIA orders attaching house of arrested JeM terrorist
The house along with 17 marlas of land, situated in Ratnipora village of Kakapora area in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, was attached as a property that represents proceeds of terrorism and that which has been used for furtherance of activities of the JeM terrorist organisation, an NIA spokesperson said.

Farm bills undermine food security system: Cong
The farm bills brought by the government undermine the food security system, the Congress claimed on Saturday and urged opposition parties to collectively oppose the bills so that they do not become law in their present form. P Chidambaram said, "Every political party has to take a stand — is it with farmers or is it with BJP threatening the livelihood of farmers."

Zelina Vega Reminds Vince Mcmahon of His Daughter Stephanie Mcmahon

Zelina Vega Reminds Vince Mcmahon of His Daughter Stephanie McmahonAllegedly Vince McMahon told Zelina Vega that she is one of his favourites and is one of the reasons that he watches RAW.

AAP's Sanjay Singh writes to Rajya Sabha Chairman over sedition case against him by UP government

AAP's Sanjay Singh writes to Rajya Sabha Chairman over sedition case against him by UP governmentNew Delhi [India], September 18 (ANI): Rajya Sabha MP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh on Tuesday said he has written to the Chairman of Rajya Sabha and sought intervention in a case of sedition case filed by the Uttar Pradesh government against him.

Flagged concerns, says ex-Minister Harsimrat Badal; SAD is rethinking alliance

Flagged concerns, says ex-Minister Harsimrat Badal; SAD is rethinking allianceHarsimrat Kaur Badal, who resigned from the Union Cabinet on Thursday over a disagreement with the Centre on three farm Bills, said on Friday that her party — the Shiromani Akali Dal — flagged concerns repeatedly in the Cabinet, but to no avail. In an interview with Indian Express, she said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurances came a little too late. Here's more.

Bengaluru drug case: Missing son of ex-Karnataka minister Aditya Alva allegedly dealt in ecstacy pills at farmhouse parties

Bengaluru drug case: Missing son of ex-Karnataka minister Aditya Alva allegedly dealt in ecstacy pills at farmhouse partiesSo far 12 people have been arrested in the Bengaluru drug case, including actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani, who are currently in judicial custody

Texas Eases Virus Rules As Cases Drop, But Bars Still Closed

Texas Eases Virus Rules As Cases Drop, But Bars Still ClosedTexas is ready to relax coronavius restrictions for the first time in months, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday, but bars remain closed indefinitely and a mask mandate is still in place following a massive summer spread that became one of the deadliest outbreaks in the U.S.

IPL 2020: Complete Team Squads, Full Player Lists of All 8 Teams

IPL 2020: Complete Team Squads, Full Player Lists of All 8 TeamsIPL 2020: Complete Team Squads, Full Player Lists of All 8 Teams. Here’s a look at the complete team squads ahead of the IPL 2020

Export Ban Protest: Maharashtra NCP Sends Onions as Gift to PM and Governor

Export Ban Protest: Maharashtra NCP Sends Onions as Gift to PM and GovernorWomen workers from all 36 districts in Maharashtra collected onions and sent them to PM Narendra Modi and Governor BS Koshyari, said NCP Women's Wing President Rupali Chakankar.

Andhra Pradesh Minister Botsa Satyanarayana questions constitutionality of High Court orders

Andhra Pradesh Minister Botsa Satyanarayana questions constitutionality of High Court ordersAmaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], September 17 (ANI): In the wake of two orders issued by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, State Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister Botsa Satyanarayana on Thursday questioned the same on constitutional grounds.

Arrested freelance journalist shared sensitive information to Chinese intelligence from 2016-18: Delhi Police
As per Delhi Police, during the period of 2010-2014, Sharma wrote a weekly column for Global Times which is a mouthpiece of the Chinese government.   
No decision yet on selling only `Made in India` products in military canteens: Centre
The Defence Ministry has not taken any decision on selling only "Made in India" products in military canteens run by it across the country, the government said on Saturday. "No decision has been taken in this regard," Minister of
3 arms smugglers arrested in Bihar`s Patna; 8 pistols, 16 magazines seized
With elections to the Bihar assembly due in a couple of months, the state police have stepped up their vigil to maintain law and order and are paying special attention to the crowded areas in the state. 
BJP issues whip to its MPs ahead of Rajya Sabha showdown over farm bills
The ruling BJP on Saturday issued a 3-line whip to all its Rajya Sabha members to be present on Sunday when the 3 contentious farm Bills are slated to be introduced in the Upper House. The farms Bills, already passed by the Lok S
Indian monsoon can be predicted better after volcanic eruptions, says Indo-German research team
The findings can also help further developing climate models and could in fact also help to assess the regional implications of geoengineering experiments. 
2 terror associates arrested in Jammu and Kashmir`s Pulwama; incriminating material of Hizbul Mujahideen, Al-Badr outfits seized
Police recovered incriminating material of proscribed terror outfits Hizbul Mujahdeen and Al-Badr from the possession of arrested terror associates.
India surpasses US to become country with highest number of global COVID-19 recoveries
India recorded 95,880 coronavirus recoveries in the last 24 hours.
Decommissioned aircraft carrier INS `Viraat` on final voyage to Gujarat, to be dismantled and sold as scrap
The de-commissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat, which was in service for 30 years, moves out of the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on Saturday (September 19, 2020) for a ship-breaking yard in Gujarat.
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Decommissioned aircraft carrier INS 'Viraat' on final journey to Gujarat, to be dismantled and sold as scrap
The aircraft-carrier has set the world record in the Guinness Book of records, for being the longest-serving warship of the world.

IPL 2020 - MS Dhoni's three-word response to Deepak Chahar's query is brilliant
Deepak Chahar, who is one of the key members of the CSK bowling unit for IPL 2020, received a peculiar response from skipper MS Dhoni when asked about his role.

Real-life experiences help me shape my character on-screen in 'Anupamaa': Rushad Rana
His on-screen character is currently going through a separation, and talking about the same, the actor said his real life experiences of going through a divorce makes it easier for him to relate to it.

TRS to oppose 'anti-farmer' Bills in Rajya Sabha
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Saturday announced that it will oppose the Farm Bills in the Rajya Sabha, saying they would be an injustice to the farm sector in the country.

IPL 2020 set to break every viewership record
IPL 2020 is set to break all viewership records from the previous 12 seasons as per Chairman Brijesh Patel.

'My character is very dabbang': Sapna Sikarwar on playing a cop in 'Excuse Me Maadam'
Talking about her character, she said, "I am playing a lady cop in the show. My character is very dabbang and she is very strict in the police station and as well as at her home."

IPL 2020 - Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab look to give 'Northern Derby' a healthy look
Delhi Capitals will take on Kings XI Punjab in the second encounter of IPL 2020 and they will be hoping to get momentum on their side as both sides bid for their first-ever IPL title.

Rajya Sabha passes Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill to prevent offences against healthcare workers
The Rajya Sabha on Saturday passed the Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill, 2020, to prevent offences against healthcare professionals, according to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

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IPL 2020: The players who could become new cricket superstars
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League begins on Saturday.

IPL 2020: The world's biggest T20 cricket competition kicks off on Saturday
Who plays for who? Who are the favourites? Who should I look out for? Find out in our 2020 IPL preview.

How stolen Hindu idols were discovered in UK
Officials in India and the UK worked together to find the bronze sculptures.

India's Covid crisis sees rise in child marriage and trafficking
Reports of under-age marriage and child labour rose as the lockdown pushed people deeper into poverty.

Tata to build new India parliament
The new building will replace the existing colonial-era structure and will be completed by 2022.

IPL social: Dhoni, Watson, Kohli, Neesham, Russell, Rashid
Veterans MS Dhoni and Shane Watson show they've still got it while international stars arrive in UAE ahead of Saturday's opener, plus more in this week's IPL social.

India's coronavirus infections top five million mark
The country has been adding more than 90,000 cases every day as it continues to reopen.

Recovering from Covid-19 in India: 'I can't get the images out of my head'
Many patients are at the risk of suffering from PTSD, but India lacks infrastructure to treat them.

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Republican camp could garner more support from Indian Americans than before: Atlantic Council
While the Indian-American community is not a monolith and the Democrats will get support from the Indian Americans, the preference of some members of the community are shifting, claimed the study “The Indian American Voter in 2020” published on September 9.

More Indians in Singapore returning home due to job losses: Envoy
"On an average, about 100 Indian nationals in Singapore continue to register daily with the High Commission here for flights back home, with over 11,000 having registered so far," Indian High Commissioner P Kumaran said on Wednesday.

Seven Indian-Americans in Forbes' list of richest people in US
The 2020 Forbes list of 400 Richest People in America has been topped by Bezos, 56 who has a net worth of USD 179 billion and has occupied the spot of the richest person in the US for the third year in a row. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cofounder Bill Gates is ranked second on the list with a net worth of USD 111 billion.

Indian-origin Pritam Singh formally takes charge as first Leader of the Opposition in Singapore
Singh's Workers' Party won 10 parliamentary seats out of the 93 it contested in the July 10 General Election, making it the biggest opposition presence in Singapore's parliamentary history.

Indian software engineer becomes US citizen in rare ceremony at White House hosted by Trump
In a naturalisation ceremony hosted by Trump at the White House, Sudha Sundari Narayanan, a software developer from India, was among those sworn in as American citizens.

Call center fraud: Indian pleads guilty in telemarketing scam in the US
Under the scam, call center operators falsely represented themselves to be associated with Microsoft Corporation, falsely represented to victims that malware or viruses had been detected on their computers, and offered supposed services to remove the malware, according to the Department of Justice.

Indian-Americans conduct fundraising for the senatorial campaign of Congressman Joe Kennedy
Joe, grandson of US Senator and US Attorney General Robert F Kennedy, grandnephew of former president John F. Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy, and great-grandson of former US Ambassador to the UK Joseph P. Kennedy Sr, is running against incumbent Senator Ed Markey.

Indian-origin expert leads UK's major breast cancer radiotherapy study
Professor Jayant Vaidya, Professor of Surgery and Oncology at University College London (UCL) Surgery & Interventional Science and lead author of the study published in the 'British Medical Journal' on Thursday, said the 'Targeted Intraoperative Radiotherapy' (TARGIT-IORT) means a quicker recovery period from breast cancer and his team's findings should pave the way for it to be more widely available.

Red alert sounded in four districts
Low pressure area in Bay of Bengal to result in heavy rainfall in State

Cannot construct walls on your own: Calcutta High Court tells Visva-Bharati
Four-member committee appointed by judges to oversee the matter, govt. officials directed

PM Modi’s twin addresses to UNGA will be significant as India enters Security Council: Ambassador Tirumurti
The annual session of the UN General Assembly begins on September 21 with a high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations

10-year-old Souparnika Nair wows judges of Britian’s Got Talent Show with her performance of Zendaya’s ‘Neverland’
Souparnika Nair’s performance for the BGT semi-final wins her fans from all around the world

Anbumani Ramadoss urges Centre not to give approval for Mekedatu dam
The Centre should take back all permissions given so far for the dam, the PMK youth wing leader said in a statement

Congress justifies objection to farm bills despite promising similar reforms in 2019 manifesto
Chidambaram accuses BJP of “surrendering to corporates and traders”

Three suspected militants held in J-K’s Rajouri
Three suspected militants were arrested on Saturday in a counter-insurgency operation in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. A huge c

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Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Tests Positive For COVID-19
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan on Saturday said he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Deepika Padukone, In Goa For Work, Is Teasing Us About Her New Film
Deepika also tagged her co-stars Ananya Panday and Siddhant Chaturvedi to the Instagram story
Parliament May End Session Before October 1 As Covid Cases Rise: Sources
The Centre is exploring the possibility of curtailing the ongoing monsoon session of parliament by several days, sources say.
Railway Minister Says 97 Migrants Died On Shramik Trains During Lockdown
The government has informed the Rajya Sabha that 97 people died on board the Shramik Specials, admitting for the first time that migrant labourers lost their lives in the trains which were run to...
NEET Cut Off Chhattisgarh: Check Previous Year's Qualifying Marks
NEET Cut Off: Directorate of Medical Education (DME) Raipur will release the cutoff for admission to the 85 per cent state quota seats in government colleges and 100 per cent seats in private medical...
BCCI, Emirates Cricket Board Sign MoU To Boost Cricketing Ties
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have signed aMemorandum of Understanding (MoU) and hosting agreement to boost cricketing ties between the two...
"Big Hug From 6 Feet Away": SRK Wishes CSK, MI Ahead Of IPL 2020 Opener
IPL 2020, MI vs CSK: Kolkata Knight Riders' co-owner and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to extend his wishes to Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL 2020 opener.
Himani Shivpuri, Who Was Diagnosed With COVID, Discharged From Hospital
Himani Shivpuri was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was admitted to the hospital a week ago
Parliament LIVE Updates: Labour ministry introduces 3 bills in LS; Sitharaman to move Taxation Bill soon

Parliament LIVE Updates: Labour ministry introduces 3 bills in LS; Sitharaman to move Taxation Bill soonParliament LIVE Updates: MoS Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar sought to introduce three bills in the Lok Sabha on Saturday: The Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code, 2020, The Industrial Relations Code, 2020, The Code On Social Security, 2020.

9 Suspected Jihadists Arrested by NIA Were Promised Weapons by al-Qaeda Commander Based in Pak: Sources

9 Suspected Jihadists Arrested by NIA Were Promised Weapons by al-Qaeda Commander Based in Pak: SourcesThe NIA investigators said they had found pipes, wires, switches, and bolts meant to be used as shrapnel in searches, along with jihadist literature, in searches targeting the homes of the nine arrested men.

Centre has surrendered to corporates, traders: Chidambaram on farm bills

Centre has surrendered to corporates, traders: Chidambaram on farm billsNew Delhi [India], September 19 (ANI): Urging the opposition parties to join hands against the agriculture-related Bills recently passed by the Lok Sabha, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government has surrendered to the will of the corporations and traders.

Centre to Withdraw 3 Labour Ministry Bills in Lok Sabha For Reintroduction

Centre to Withdraw 3 Labour Ministry Bills in Lok Sabha For ReintroductionMinister of State with independent charge in the Ministry of Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar will move these bills for their withdrawal to reintroduce fresh Bills for consideration.

Academic Bank of Credits in NEP would be of great help to students says President Kovind

Academic Bank of Credits in NEP would be of great help to students says President KovindNew Delhi [India], September 19 (ANI): Hailing the National Education Policy 2020, President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said that the Academic Bank of Credits is "a major shift" in policy which would be of "great help" to students.

Chennai, Sep 19 (PTI): Highlights From The Southern
region at 5 pm. MDS1 PD-VIRUS-CASES Puducherry adds 543 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths take toll to 448 Puducherry: Puducherry reported 543 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday taking the overall tally in the union territory to 22,456..

Phase-III Trial of Oxford Vaccine to Begin in Pune Next Week
The phase-III human clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) will begin at the Sassoon General Hospital in Pune next week.

NIA Orders Attaching House Belonging to Arrested JeM Terrorist in Pulwama
The house along with 17 marlas of land, situated in Ratnipora village of Kakapora area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, was attached as a property that represents proceeds of terrorism and used for terros activities.

Suspected al-Qaeda Operatives Planned to Buy Arms from Bangladesh, Carry out Terror Attack in Delhi: NIA Sources
NIA sources told News18 that the module was being guided by a Pakistan-based online handler and was planning to carry out terror attacks in India.

Arrested Journalist Rajeev Sharma Was Passing Info About India's Border Strategy to China
At a press conference, Special Cell DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said Rajeev Sharma was writing on defence-related issues for some Indian media organisations, as well as China's Global Times.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan Tests Positive for Covid-19 Ahead of Assembly Session
n the wake of the pandemic, Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri has made it mandatory for all those attending it to undergo RT-PCR test for COVID-19 infection, 72hours prior to the start of the monsoon session from September21.

Hyderabad FC Signs Spanish Defender Odei Onaindia
Hyderabad FC on Saturday announced the signing of Spanish defender Odei Onaindia for one year ahead of the Indian Super League season beginning in November. The 30-year-old joins Hyderabad FC from Spanish Segunda (second) Division side CD Mirandes and is the ISL club's fifth new foreign recruit.

UP STF Arrests Man For "Duping" 600 People Of 60 Cr
The Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday arrested a man for allegedly duping over 600 people of around Rs 60 crore on the promise of a 60 percent return on their investments. The Special Task Force of the UP police said it arrested the racket's mastermind, Hari Om Yadav, from Chandpur village in Sultanpur Road here under Gosaiganj police station at around 5 am.

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'Maybe 10, 15 years later, Rahul may mature'
'This business of monopoly of one family must end.''Here, they picked up a few leaders for him as he needed support which was okay, but later, they became his cronies.'

Trump didn't conspire with Russia: US attorney general
'While this (Mueller's) report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him" and sets out evidence on "both sides of the question'

Update: Bumrah has 'recovered' after hurting shoulder
His condition will be 'assessed' on Monday, the Mumbai Indians team management said.

How Rishabh Pant brightened his WC selection prospects
I am glad to bat anywhere the team wants me to: Pant

How to enhance your medical insurance coverage
A sum insured of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh may have been sufficient seven-eight years ago but would be inadequate today, especially for people living in metros, points out Sanjay Kumar Singh.

This athlete's fitness journey will baffle you
Raipur's Nami Rai didn't let marriage or lack of sporting facilities affect her love for fitness.

Why Akshay Kumar feels LUCKY
'I am 51 now. I think I can do action till 56.' 'After that, God knows.'

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